Bruce Springsteen and Passenger battling for No 1 album

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Passenger and Bruce Springsteen are battling for the No 1 album this week, with nine of the Top 10 set to be new entries.

Mike Rosenberg’s alias as Passenger is set for his first No 1 album with his fourth album ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’, beating his No 3 peak with ‘All The Little Lights’. He recently launched the album, previewing a series of tracks live at Bush Hall In London. You can watch footage below.

He’s closely followed by Springsteen’s new compilation ‘Chapter And Verse’, which coincides with his new autobiography of the same name. They’re followed by Shawn Mendes at No 3, and Marillion at No 4. Their album ‘F E A R’ is currently their highest-charting album since ‘Clutching At Straws’ reached No 2 in 1987.

The only album from last week’s Top 10 is ‘Wild World’ by Bastille, which has so far been at No 1 for two weeks. The other Top 10 new entries are by Airbourne, Joe Bonamassa, Warpaint and box-sets by My Chemical Romance and David Bowie.

The other five new entries in the Top 40 ahead of the charts’ official announcement on Friday (September 30) are from Billy Bragg And Joe Henry (No 12), Fleetwood Mac’s reissue of ‘Mirage’ (25), Vangelis (27), Billie Marten (30), Chris De Burgh (32) and Idina Menzel (38).

On the singles chart, former The X Factor winner James Arthur is set for his first No 1 since his show-winning single ‘Impossible’ in 2012. Arthur’s single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ is likely to relegate The Chainsmokers’ current chart-topper ‘Closer’ to No 2.

The Weeknd’s Daft Punk collaboration ‘Starboy’ is likely to enter at No 3, the first new entry inside the Top 10 not to feature Justin Bieber since June.

The only other new entry in the Top 40 is likely to be The Songaminute Man, aka 80-year-old dementia sufferer Ted McDermott, who was given a record contract by Decca after his son Simon posted videos of Ted singing Carpool Karaoke-style videos on YouTube. Former Butlin’s entertainer Ted’s single ‘You Make Me Feel So’, in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society, is currently at No 14.

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